By Subhash K Jha
The lovely and brave Lisa Ray, who married Jason Coulton on October 20, 20012 , is still in the honeymoon phase of her life.
Says Lisa ecstatically, “At the risk of nazar, can I say he is almost perfect? If I knew marriage could be so much fun and at the same time so authentic and supportive, maybe I would have explored it earlier. But I think I feel this because I am with the man who is perfect for me.”
Lisa and Jason don’t follow marital rules. “We have decided to make up our own rules. We still travel a lot, miss each other, but ultimately support each other. We are not conventional people interested in settling into a conventional lifestyle which society has created. Every day we communicate about our hopes, desires, fears and promise each other not to stagnate.”
Marriage has made Lisa mellower, more reflective and impulsive. “Marriage has given me permission to balance my life. After living in the public eye for more than 20 years, I love finding balance and lots of private pleasures with my husband from travel to new experiences, to just enjoying each other’s company. I have also been travelling to healing centres like the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida and educating myself about nutrition, eating live food and reducing inflammation in the body as a path to heal. I’m becoming an expert in this area and living the lifestyle.”
An added perk in this sparkling marriage of two nomadic souls is the fact that Jason gets along famously with his Bengali father-in-law. Says Lisa, “Jason gets along so well with my dad. As he lost his dad a few years ago, I feel he has been looking for a father figure to spend time with and learn from. When I’m travelling Jason and my dad hang out together and even go to movies together! My father is also a free thinker who is very knowledgeable about our Bengali culture as well as global events and they have passionate discussions.”
A trip to India is on the cards, though the news of the couple buying residential property is at the moment, premature.
Says the rapturous wife, “Jason is extremely interested in India. We will be making a visit this year. Aside from being deeply interested in the culture and glamorous aspects he is interested in meditation and spirituality. In fact, we have a meditation room in our home.”
Now Lisa is doing a play with Kabir Bedi. “Yes, I am in rehearsals with Kabir Bedi for our play entitled Taj which we will be performing around Canada in the fall due to great demand,” she says.
Acting remains an abiding passion, Lisa says, adding, “I still love acting and will begin looking at opportunities after taking a break.”
Lisa, who fought and overcame cancer, is very happy for Manisha Koirala for doing the same. “I am very pleased Manisha has heard those magical words from her doctors: cancer free. I believe she has a strong spirit which is an important ingredient in healing.”
Her advice to Manisha, “ I would say, continue doing what you have been doing all along. Your deeper wisdom will guide you.”
Lisa endorses her own range of Sari collection whose profits partly go into cancer research.
“I’m launching my limited edition sari line LisaRay4SatyaPaul in Canada on May 23. It will be available in Bombay, Delhi and the Toronto store as well as online. A portion of the sales will go to support Multiple Myeloma research in Canada. This is a very significant line for me.”
Lisa’s yoga studio is two years old now. “My yoga studio Moksha Yoga Brampton will be celebrating its second anniversary at the end of May.We are gearing up for those celebrations. Oh, and I’m being featured in this weekend in a multimedia exhibition which explores music, culture, sports and arts in Canada called the CBC ‘Canada Lives Here’ image for Hall of Stars.”
Lisa says she and India remain inextricably connected.
“While I have been taking care of myself away from the spotlight- as per Jason’s orders- rest assured I cannot stay away from my source of inspiration for long. I will most likely be visiting India in June for Rado watch promotions and to catch up with friends,” she signs off happily.